Tata Group Gets $500 Million of Canada Export Credit Financing

(Bloomberg, Ottawa, 4 November 2015) Tata Group, the Indian owner of assets including Jaguar Land Rover and the Tetley Tea brand, will receive as much as $500 million a year in financing from Canada’s government-owned export development bank. EDC will underwrite loans to the Tata Sons unit to support orders from local suppliers, the Ottawa-based agency and Mumbai-based company said in a joint statement Wednesday. Tata has invested C$1.3 billion ($1 billion) in its Canadian operations over five years for products such as steel, chemicals and consulting services. The Tata financing follows a $500 million arrangement in April 2014 for Reliance Industries Ltd., another Indian company. Canada is seeking to broaden its exports beyond the U.S., which currently buys about three quarters of its northern neighbor’s foreign shipments.